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What??!! We loved the place! Short of ordering online from Portillo's in Chicago or making at home (I did, and it just wasn't the same), Lulu's was the only place in town to get a proper Italian beef sandwich. For that matter, the only place to get one period. Bummed. Gotta go break the news to my wife and daughters...

Oct 01, 2013
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Montgomery "Girly" Lunch

My wife has arranged a tour of Maxwell AFB for her mother, who grew up and met her husband there many years ago. She is also bringing our two daughters, making this a "girl's day out." I'd like to find a place for them that would be ideal for a lady's lunch, such as a tea room, that is relatively close to Maxwell. The Plantation House and Gardens looks like it has potential. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Dec 19, 2012
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Fine Dining - Birmingham

Pink smoked meat is a good thing.

Dax, perhaps my drawing a comparison to Outback wasn't fair, but Jim N Nicks's is one of the last BBQ places that I take out of town guests to when they want to experience Southern BBQ. There are many better choices, in my opinion.

Dec 16, 2012
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Fine Dining - Birmingham

Jim & Nick's is to BBQ what Outback is to steaks.

Dec 14, 2012
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Birmingham - ISO Italian Beef

Unfortunately, I don't. I typically don't order the same thing time and again, but when I make it to Chicago (always for fewer than 24 hours), I always get an Italian Beef. I can't help it!

By the way, I did go back to Lulu's on Saturday, this time with my family. I found out that they essentially "mport" everything from Chicago, including the giardiniera and the Gonnella French rolls. I'm still not convinced that there's not a better roll out there, but I really admire their pursuit of authenticity. My wife and I can't wait to go back!

Nov 06, 2012
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Birmingham - ISO Italian Beef

I visited Lulu's on Thursday and was thankful to get my Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich.  I was not disappointed , but there was one thing I think they can improve on.

They fixed the sandwich just the way I like, dunked and with hot giardiniera.  I didn't recognize the giardiniera as the jarred Dell' Alpe brand, so maybe they make their own.  Regardless, it was great.  There was plenty of oregano from the first bite, the signature of the IB "sammich". The beef was thinly cut and generously piled on.

My one gripe is that the bread was nothing special.  When I'm in Chicago, I always get my sandwich dunked in the juice.  I like my bread to be able to soak up the juice, but still stand up to it.  An Italian bread or even a French bread would be better suited for this.

I had their homemade chips with the sandwich.  They too were tasty.

Overall, I very much enjoyed Lulu's and will go back.  In fact, I have plans to go tomorrow with my family.  Now that I've found an Italian Beef, I'm going to make up for lost time. Thanks for the tip, sheilal.

Nov 02, 2012
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Birmingham - ISO Italian Beef

That's what I'm looking for. Thanks. I'll report back soon.

Oct 28, 2012
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Birmingham - ISO Italian Beef

Thanks. Cullman is pretty far, but I play golf up near there every once in a while so will hit it on my way back. I've decided that my weekend will involve this:
http://www.amazingribs.com/recipes/be...

Oct 16, 2012
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Birmingham - ISO Italian Beef

That's close enough that I may give it a try, although without juice or giardiniera, it wont be the same. The worst thing that can happen is I eat a sandwich.

Oct 16, 2012
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Birmingham - ISO Italian Beef

I've searched but come up empty-handed. Maybe someone knows of a hidden gem where I can find a real Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwich in or near BHM. Thanks.

Oct 14, 2012
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Lunch between Memphis and Springfield

Heading out on a road trip from Birmingham to KC later this week. Lunchtime is going to put us northwest of Memphis on US-63. Looking for some local flavor. Any and all ideas are appreciated.

Jun 19, 2012
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Bhm - Where do you buy your spirits?

Sorry for the thread derailment, but I simply don't buy here. I go to Atlanta. I've never found specialty spirits here that I've sought. And the prices?!!!!

May 17, 2012
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Birmingham...Best choice of cured meats

Thanks! Perfect timing of your post - I'm on my way out in 30 minutes.

Nov 21, 2011
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Hispanic grocery store

There are two El Mercados. One on Lorna and the other on Greensprings. I don't know where Brito's is - never heard of it. The El Mercado on Greensprings is in that shopping center on the west side of Greensprings and south of Valley. I believe there is a Radio Shack, a Mexican restaurant, and maybe a Tuesday Morning in the same center. The two El Mercados are essentially the same, although the one in Hoover is a newer store.

Nov 20, 2011
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Birmingham...Best choice of cured meats

Is Whole Paycheck, er uh Foods my best bet for a large selection of Italian cured meats? My contribution to this year's Thanksgiving.

Thanks.

Nov 20, 2011
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Hispanic grocery store

I DARE YOU to go on a Saturday or Sunday morning and try to walk out without buying tamales, carnitas, or something else from the back. I've never been able to sustain the willpower to do so.

Nov 15, 2011
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Birmingham - Red Pearl Hot and Spicy Fish Fillet Soup

I like the idea of a Chowdown. Their menu is so varied and fairly expansive, but my stomach is only so large. I'd be more than willing to meet even just a few for lunch or dinner who would like to order 9-10 different items.

I will look for the pepper oil as well as the peppercorns.

Thanks.

Nov 03, 2011
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Birmingham - Red Pearl Hot and Spicy Fish Fillet Soup

I went to Red Pearl today, specifically seeking out something, anything with Sichuan peppercorns. I've never had them, but have read of their lip and mouth numbing quality, much as you described, Dax. While there, and in somewhat of a rush, I couldn't find the soup you mentioned. I do see a "Fillet in hot chili oil soup."

I asked my server if there is anything on the menu made with Sichuan peppercorns. He replied, "No." I asked again, just to make sure that I was clear. Again I got a "no." I didn't push it. Service was great, and I didn't want it to change.

So what gives? Dax, I'll take your word for it that the soup does contain the peppercorns, but my server was unaware of it. Is there anything else on the menu with the Sichuan peppercorns? I'll probably go back early next week to find something else. I'm never disappointed with Red Pearl, but I'm itching to try these peppercorns.

Nov 02, 2011
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California Hound Needs Birmingham to Auburn Recs

If they can wait a couple of hours before eating, there's a restaurant in Sylacauga that I've heard wonderful things about. http://www.buttermilkhillrestaurant.com/

It is only a couple of miles out of the way, located about halfway between BHM and Auburn. My understanding is that their menu changes daily, and is reflective of what is fresh and available. Upscale, but relaxed Southern dining. From the looks of their website, they even have a veranda. Quintessential enough?

Please let us know if they go. My wife and I are planning a trip in November and would love a report.

Oct 17, 2011
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BHAM- oriental market

Good suggestion. I forgot about that place. They've had Thai ingredients when the other shop I've mentioned earlier did not. Specifically, galangal and fresh kaffir lime leaves.

Oct 17, 2011
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BHAM- oriental market

I've made them twice before. Aesthetically, they were not pretty, but passable. They were, however, delicious. You can really fill them with anything, although I think fresh herbs are probably a key ingredient. You've got me really hungry for some!

Oct 16, 2011
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BHAM- oriental market

I assume you're talking about fresh rolls like the ones you'll find at Thai and Vietnamese restaurants? While you'll be able to find what you need at almost any Asian store, there is a store that specializes in Southeast Asian foods. It's located behind the Purple Onion and across from Baskits on Greensprings. I believe the street is named Carr. I'm not even sure there's much of a sign, and parking for only about 4 cars, but their SE Asian offerings are superior to other Asian markets in town.

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Purple Onion
1550 Montgomery Hwy Ste P, Birmingham, AL 35216

Oct 15, 2011
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Bagels in Birmingham?

Thanks. I won't even spend the time or gas, then. A bagel isn't really a bagel if not boiled, is it?

Jul 25, 2011
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Bagels in Birmingham?

I'm looking for bagels in Bham. Boiled, chewy bagels. I don't expect to find bagels similar to those I'd find in NY or Boston, but a close approximation will do. Thanks.

Jul 24, 2011
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Brava Rotisserie Grill in Hoover [Birmingham Alabama]

Your welcome. I really hope you give them a try. As far as paella - I haven't ventured it. I haven't eaten paella since I visited Tampa's Columbia restaurant. I'm assuming that a fast casual restaurant can't touch Columbia's.

Jul 11, 2011
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Brava Rotisserie Grill in Hoover [Birmingham Alabama]

This is not the type of a place that hires a "chef", much like you would not find a chef at most fast-casual restaurants. The owner has family in and has spent time visiting Spain, thus the influence. I believe that the owner hopes to establish a reproducible concept. I have seen the same young guy behind the counter each time.

I wish the restaurant's decor was a bit softer. On a night that's cool enough, diners can easily enjoy a leisurely meal at an outside table, but the inside dining is a little less inviting for those long meals.

Jul 11, 2011
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Brava Rotisserie Grill in Hoover [Birmingham Alabama]

I have been 3 times, and have always been satisfied with the quality of the food and service. My suggestion is that you order the plates vs. sandwiches. The sandwiches are a good value, but the taste of the pork or chicken can be overpowered by the pita. The sides are the stars of the show, however. Fries with a generous sprinkle of Manchego and parsley are delicous. The potatoes with balsamic are also great. The salads consist of fresh, good quality lettuces, not the wilted bagged stuff that you often find at fast casual restaurants. Their spicy sauce (Romesco, I think) is delicous and different. It's a thick almost paste-like red sauce that reminds me of the Middle Eastern harissa, but definitely different. If I had it at home, I'd eat it with my cereal.

They also have available Good People beer. Since you're not local, give either the IPA or the Brown Ale a try if you imbibe.

Jul 11, 2011
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Busy Bee Burger in Chelsea?

I tried their burgers once. I'll go back for a second try, mostly because I'd like to see a small business prosper, but I'll be expecting a little less. The burger I had was on the tough side and overcooked. Their buns were a welcome departure from the norm. Heavier and denser than your typical bun from a bag.

Jun 14, 2011
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Birmingham -- Pork Belly

I've ordered it from the Cajun Cleaver in Hoover. Their sources vary.

Jun 09, 2011
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Best Birmingham restaurant open Sunday, July 4? Brunch OR dinner

She got hotter as the night wore on.

Jan 13, 2011
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